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The Book of Esther
Esther's story is exciting, romantic and disturbing. Set in the lavish court of the Persian king 2,400 years ago, this tale takes readers through the dramatic ups and downs of our heroine. It also provides an early example of the anti-Semitism that has threatened the Jewish People ever since. But is there actual history in this story? And why did many ancient Jews and Christians oppose its addition to the Biblical Canon?
Our course will travel through the text in English translation and also explore the world of Esther during the Persian Empire. We’ll sample some ancient alternative additions to the text and even take a look at Esther’s ‘movie midrash’: how Hollywood has interpreted the story over the decades.
This course will be available to registered students at no extra charge via Adobe Connect online distance learning. Students may attend live in the classroom, live online or anytime via recording.
Tuesdays, February 6 - March 6
7:00 - 8:30 pm
$40 for members
|Feb 06||7:00 PM–8:30 PM||Tue||Temple Sinai||Rabbi Ruth Adar|
|Feb 13||7:00 PM–8:30 PM||Tue||Temple Sinai||Rabbi Ruth Adar|
|Feb 20||7:00 PM–8:30 PM||Tue||Temple Sinai||Rabbi Ruth Adar|
|Feb 27||7:00 PM–8:30 PM||Tue||Temple Sinai||Rabbi Ruth Adar|
|Mar 06||7:00 PM–8:30 PM||Tue||Temple Sinai||Rabbi Ruth Adar|
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Oakland, CA 94609
Rabbi Ruth Adar's passion is making Judaism accessible to beginners from all backgrounds via classroom teaching and home practice. Rabbi Adar holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Tennessee, an M.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Chicago, and an M.A. in Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles. She is a member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. Rabbi Adar has been a resident of the Bay Area since 1986. She blogs as the Coffee Shop Rabbi at http://CoffeeShopRabbi.com.